Anuj K. Shah studies how people make decisions when resources are scarce. In one line of work, he focuses on the psychology that arises when people experience scarcity of more tangible resources, such as money or time. In another line of work, he focuses on how people make decisions with limited cognitive resources.
His research has appeared in the Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Psychological Bulletin, among other journals. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at ideas42, a social science research and development laboratory which uses scientific insights to design innovative policies and products.
Shah received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University, where he received teaching awards from the psychology department and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
2013 - 2014 Course Schedule
||Strategies and Processes of Negotiation
||Workshop in Behavioral Science
||Current Topics in Behavioral Science I
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I am interested in how decision-makers deal with limited resources. In one line of research, I focus on the psychology that arises when people experience scarcity of more tangible resources, such as time, money, or calories. In another line of research, I consider how people make judgments and decisions when coping with limited cognitive resources.
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. Grouping information for judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 1-13 (2011).
Zhao, J., Shah, A. K., & Osherson, D. On the provenance of judgments of conditional probability. Cognition, 113, 26-36 (2009).
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. The path of least resistance: Using easy to access information. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 232-236 (2009).
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. Heuristics made easy: An effort-reduction framework. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 207-222 (2008).
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. Easy does it: The role of fluency in cue weighting. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 371-379 (2007).